Know Your Poos and Don'ts

Know Your Poos and Don'ts

Help us drive home the message - wherever you are in the country, in the city, at home or on the beach your actions have an impact on rivers, beaches and the sea.

We’ve created six fun graphics that are downloadable and shareable with your online and offline networks - print off a poster or share on social media! Our creative graphics consolidate what we and many other organisations have been saying - we all want to see litter free beaches and great bathing water quality around UK coasts.

Wrongly flushed wet wipes, nappies and cotton bud sticks or fats and oils swilled down the sink can result in blockages in drains and sewers, pushing raw sewage onto our beaches and into the sea.

Our messages show that whatever you’re doing - walking the dog, cooking a roast, going to the bathroom or standing on the pavement - you can make the right choices to reduce the UK’s pollution problems.

Don’t cause a stink, be nice to your sink

Poos and Don'ts

Fats, oils and grease can cause major problems in pipes, drains and sewers. This waste congeals to form blockages which can lead to flooding and pollution in our seas. Worse still, any flushed wet wipes team up with fats, oils and greases to make fatbergs, some as big as a double-decker bus! Pour used fats, oil and grease into a separate pot, allow to cool and dispose of in the bin.

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C’mon confess who hangs dog mess

Poos and Don'ts

Dog waste adds harmful bacteria and nutrients to local waters, when it’s not disposed of properly. It might not seem like a water quality problem, but animal waste is one of the many seemingly small sources of pollution that can add up to big problems for water quality, and even human health. Dog mess should always be put in the bin whether you’re in the country, in the town or at the beach.

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Things have got drastic, there’s an army of plastic

Poos and Don'ts

Cutlery, trays and straws are often found in the top ten of our beach litter finds, coming from people leaving it at the beach but also from far inland. From here, it washes down drains, into our rivers and streams and then into our seas. However, reducing the number of straws found at the beaches is really simple, and you can help.

We want to see a reduction in single use plastic. So we are challenging YOU to refuse the straw!

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Only Paper, Pee and Poo belong down the loo

Poos and Don'ts The drains that flow from our houses are the size of a tea cup. It only takes a few unflushable items (like cotton bud sticks, wet wipes or nappies) to clog them up and cause a nasty mess in your home and a pricey plumbers bill to fix it. Blocked pipes get full when it rains and can cause everything that’s been flushed down your loo, and your neighbours too, to overflow into our streams and rivers and end up in our seas and on our beaches. If it’s not paper, pee or poo then don’t flush it down the loo!

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Only rain belongs down the drain

Poos and Don'ts Street drains lead straight to our local rivers and eventually to the sea. Drains were designed to take rainwater not paint or oil, please dispose of anything else at your local recycling centre or contact your local authority.

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There is nothing fantastic about flung away plastic

Poos and Don'ts We use single-use plastics for just about everything, from cleaning our teeth and showering to buying and storing our food and other products. It is durable and lightweight, but it’s these properties that allow it to persist in the environment for hundreds to thousands of years.

Please don’t just throw it away, take it home to recycle it & don’t leave it in the environment to harm wildlife. You can also show your support for Deposit Return Systems all over the UK www.mcsuk.org/bottlesightings

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Actions you can take

  1. Share #stopsucking
  2. Download our straw poster
  3. Download the Great British Beach Clean Report 2017
  4. Download straw graphic for cafe/bar counter
  5. Refuse straws at your local restaurant/bar

Did you know?…

MCS first launched the Good Beach Guide in 1987 as a book to highlight the woeful state of the UK’s bathing waters